President Trump was visibly upset at a White House correspondent during an irritable exchange Thursday with the "easy" reporter talking about him after asking if he would allow President-elect Joe Biden to vote.
"Never talk to the President like that," Trump told Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason on Thursday during a question-and-answer session at the White House.
Trump spoke to reporters in the ornate diplomatic reception room of the White House after holding a conference call with U.S. military leaders stationed around the world.
He thanked them for their service and jokingly warned them not to overeat turkey, and when the call ended, he turned to choice.
In his 25-minute back and forth with the media, Trump did not fully admit his loss and insisted that his legal arguments be brought forward. He argued he had time to the inauguration – which is 55 days away – but admitted that it is ticking fast.
President Donald Trump is seen upstairs Thursday snapping at a White House reporter during a question-and-answer session.
The president got angry with Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason (pictured above in 2017), who cut Trump off while he gave his answer on whether he would admit if the electoral college voted for Joe Biden on Dec. 14
Repeating unproven conspiracy theories about voting machines converting his votes to Biden, he complained that the election was "rigged" and claimed that Biden only got his 80 million vote record through "massive fraud".
Trump is trying to beat election results by going to court in battlefield states, but his legal cases have gone nowhere. States are about to confirm their results and the electoral college will meet in about two weeks to name the winner.
"Time is not on our side," the president admitted.
Mason asked the president if he would consider offering an appropriate concession after the electoral college – the group of presidential voters who, according to the constitution, must meet every four years to elect a president and a vice-president – meets on December 14th.
Then Biden's victory becomes official.
However, Trump said the electoral college shouldn't confirm Biden's victory.
"Well, if you did, you made a mistake because that election was a scam," the President replied to Mason's question.
"Just so you understand, this choice was a scam," he continued.
Trump said it was inconceivable that Biden would win as the former vice president received more votes in key swing states than Barack Obama did in his election victories.
"(Biden) beats Obama in swing states that are important for electoral purposes," the president said.
"So no, I can't say that at all (I'll admit it)." I think it's a possibility … they're trying to look between you people … "
At this point, Mason interrupts the President and begins asking his next question before Trump finishes his answer.
"Don't talk to me like that," Trump snapped at Mason. "You're just a lightweight. Don't talk to me like that. Don't talk to …
"I am the President of the United States.
"Never talk to the President like that."
Trump then turned and said, "Okay, I'll go with another question."
While a concessional address may not be in sight, the president said he would leave the White House before Biden officially takes his place after he was sworn in on Jan. 20.
Trump said Thursday he will leave when the electoral college formalizes Biden's victory.
Even so, the president spent his Thanksgiving day renewing unsubstantiated claims that "massive fraud" and crooked officials in battlefield states caused his election defeat.
“Of course I will. But you know that, "said Trump on Thursday when asked if he would vacate the building to allow a peaceful change of power in January.
But Trump, who was asking questions for the first time since election day, insisted that by then "many things" would happen that could change the results.
"There is still a long way to go," said Trump, although he had lost.
Trump's government has already given the go-ahead for a formal transition.
But Trump struggled with Biden moving forward.
"I think it's not right for him to try and choose a cabinet," Trump said, although officials from both teams are already working together to bring Biden's team up to date.
And when he refused to admit, Trump announced that he would head to Georgia two runoff elections to rally supporters to determine which party controls the Senate.
Trump said the rally for Republican Senators David Perdue and Sen Kelly Loeffler is expected to take place on Saturday.
The White House later made it clear that he meant December 5th.
One of the reasons Republicans stood by Trump, and his unfounded fraud claims, was to fuel his loyal base ahead of those January 5 runoffs.
But Trump openly questioned in his remarks whether this election would be fair in order to dampen the turnout of the Republicans.
“I think you are dealing with a very fraudulent system. I'm very worried about that, ”he said.
"People are very disappointed that we were robbed."
Regarding the electoral college, Trump made it clear that even if he said he was leaving the White House, he will likely never officially admit.
"It is very difficult to admit." Because we know there has been massive fraud, "he said, noting," time is not on our side. "
When asked if he would attend Biden's inauguration, Trump said he knew the answer but didn't want to share it yet.
When asked if he would go to Biden's inauguration on January 20, Trump replied, “I don't want to say that yet. I mean, I know the answer, I'm honest, I know the answer, but I just don't want to say it yet. & # 39;
Trump wouldn't say whether he would attend rival Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20
He warned that "many things will happen between now and January 20th" and that the election results have a "long way to go".
But there were some signs that Trump was coping with his loss.
He once asked reporters not to grant Biden credit for outstanding coronavirus vaccines.
"Don't let him approve the vaccines because the vaccines were me and I pushed people harder than ever," he said.
Whether he intends to officially declare his candidacy for 2024 or not – as he discussed with aides – he did not want to talk to Trump about 2024 yet.
All states must certify their results before the electoral college meets on December 14th, and any dispute about the results must be resolved by December 8th.
His last hope could be January 6, 2020 when Congress meets to officially approve the results of the electoral college.
However, the transition process has already started.
The General Services Administration, led by a Trump appointee, announced this week that federal agencies and the Biden Transition Team could begin communications. The elected president begins naming his cabinet.
In his remarks on Thursday, Trump reiterated a conspiracy theory advocated by members of his legal team that voices from Dominion Voting Systems machines lost votes for him or switched votes from him to Biden.
Dominion said there is no problem with their machines and there is no evidence of what Trump is claiming either.
"We are using computer equipment that can be hacked," complained the president of the election.
“We are like a third world country. We have machines that no one knows what the hell they're seeing. I mean, you look at all the mistakes you've made, ”he said.
"That choice was a scam just so you can understand that this choice was a scam," he said.
He said there was evidence of what he was talking about on the internet.
“When you look, just look it up on the internet somewhere. You are going to see many, many people experimenting with this stupid machinery. Wherever you broadcast it in a certain way, Trump's votes go to Biden, ”Trump said.
President Donald Trump asked his first questions from reporters on Thursday after the election
President Trump made his remarks after speaking to U.S. troops on Thanksgiving
President Trump started his Thanksgiving Day with a round of golf
And he challenged Biden's voting results.
"I know Joe Biden didn't get 80 million votes," he said. "The only way it got 80 million votes is through massive fraud."
The current number of votes is: 80,045,066 (51%) for Biden and 73,897,658 (47%) for Trump. In addition, Biden has 306 votes to Trump's 232.
The president spoke to reporters after holding a Thanksgiving conference call with troops overseas.
“You really have to look at what's going on. You find huge discrepancies in the votes and no one believes these numbers are wrong numbers, ”he said of the vote count.
He did not provide any evidence to support his claim. State officials said they found no evidence of election fraud in November.
“I thought I was going to win it, and basically I won it. It's very, very close, it's very, very close, ”he said.
The election results are not close. Biden has 306 votes and only needs 270 to win the presidency.
Trump played shyly when asked about his own Thanksgiving plans for his last one at the White House, saying he couldn't say which was first or last. He added that it could be the "first of a second term".
President Trump said he would go to Georgia on Saturday, December 5, to promote Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue
And he criticized Biden for pushing the formation of a new government.
"I think it's not right for him to try to choose a cabinet," Trump said of Biden.
He also refused to talk about the next presidential contest, which staff members said he was considering entering.
"I don't want to speak to 2024 yet," he said.
In particular, Trump complained about results in states he won in 2016 but lost to Biden in November, specifically calling out Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia.
"You will find tens of thousands of false ballots," he promised.
He claimed that Pennsylvania voters who tried to vote were told they had already won, he won in Wayne County, Michigan, but then recruiters said they would not certify for him, claiming there were "tremendous ones Discrepancies "in Wisconsin, and blamed Democrat Stacey Abrams for his loss in Georgia.
Trump accused Abrams, who worked on voter registration in Georgia, of collecting votes.
"Ballot harvest," as it is called, is when a third party gathers a person's legal vote and turns them into state officials. The practice is legal
“You can't harvest,” said Trump.
He also railed against Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who cited a handcensus by the state that confirmed Biden's victory as an "enemy of the people".
"I understand the secretary of state who is really an enemy of the people, the secretary of state and whether he is Republican or not," complained Trump.
Georgia officials are doing another recount at Trump's request.
Biden was the first Democrat to promote the state of Georgia since 1992, and many Democrats owed Abrams' turnout in the state his victory there.
Trump travels to Georgia on Saturday, December 5, to promote Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. The two candidates are in a runoff on January 5th. Republicans must win both seats to retain control of the Senate.
The president said he spoke to them about his concerns about the Georgia vote.
"I told you today, I heard you have a fraudulent system, you have a one-touch system, or putting in a new chip can change the course of history," he said.
President Trump blamed Democrat Stacey Abrams for his loss in Georgia
Trump called Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, an "enemy of the people" – Raffensperger conducted a hand census that confirmed Biden's victory
President Donald Trump called a hearing in Pennsylvania at which attorney Rudy Giuliani brought election fraud charges on Wednesday
In Pennsylvania, Trump's legal team is trying to stop certifying the state's 20 electoral votes for Biden.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney leading the charges in attempting to overthrow the election, testified Wednesday at a Republican-led hearing at which Trump implored GOP officials in the state to find out he won Pennsylvania.
& # 39; That choice needs to be flipped. We've won a lot in Pennsylvania, and we've won a lot in all of these swing states, ”Trump said over a cell phone his attorney Jenna Ellis held up to a microphone.
Trump also tried to undermine the results in Michigan. He met with two state lawmakers in the White House to discuss the election.
Despite his best efforts, the two men said they saw no evidence that would change the fact that Biden won their state.
"We have not yet received any information that could change the outcome of the Michigan elections. As lawmakers, we will obey the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's voters as we said during these elections." Senate majority leader Mike Shirkey and Michigan House spokesman Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement following their meeting with President Trump last week.
In Wisconsin, Republicans filed a lawsuit on Tuesday asking the state Supreme Court to block certification of presidential election results as a recount is in progress. The state is due to confirm its results on Tuesday, December 1st.
Trump says COVID vaccines will hit the market in NEXT WEEK as he brags about his thanksgiving success with U.S. troops
President Donald Trump spent some time on his phone call with U.S. troops who bragged about his own record, saw stock markets hit record highs this week, and claimed COVID vaccines would be shipped in the next week or two.
At least three COVID vaccines show remarkable efficacy, a promising result given that America has recorded more than 12.9 million infections and more than 263,000 deaths from the virus.
Candidates are in Phase 3 clinical trials, the final step before seeking Food and Drug Administration approval.
Trump said distribution will soon begin with frontline workers and high-risk populations.
"We're rounding the curb," he said when he called troops stationed abroad. "The vaccines will literally be delivered starting next week and week after, and the front lines, as well as seniors and doctors, nurses and lots of people will start getting them."
President Donald Trump said COVID vaccines will hit the market next week, with health workers and vulnerable populations receiving them first
President Trump made his announcement on his traditional harvest festival with troops
The FDA will meet on Monday to speak with Pfizer about obtaining an emergency license to use the vaccine.
Trump said the vaccine's rapid development was a "medical miracle".
Some people call this a medical miracle, really a miracle. It could have taken four or five years to do this normally. It would probably have taken four or five years just to get through the FDA. We did it very hard, ”he said.
General Gustave Perna, who leads Operation Warp Speed's efforts to distribute coronavirus vaccines nationwide, told ABC News that he believes the FDA approval, which he refers to as "D-Day," will expire between Jan. and December 14th, he said, "24 hours later, vaccines are on the street."
Trump also boasted in his international conversation about the record success on Tuesday on the stock exchange: The Dow reached 30,000 points for the first time.
“You are doing an amazing job and your country is doing well. We just set a stock market record of over 30,000 on the Dow Jones industrial average, ”he said.
The President spoke to various members of the service stationed around the world.
"Don't eat too much turkey," he told them.
"How is Kuwait doing," he said in conversations with Army, Navy and Air Force personnel stationed in Kuwait.
He also spoke to members of the Navy Service on the USS Winston S Churchill in the Red Sea, members of the Space Force in Colorado and the Coast Guard in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
All service members wore face masks during the conference call. Trump didn't wear one.
Pfizer will meet with the FDA on Monday to discuss emergency approval for its COVID vaccine
President Trump applauded the troops as he finished his call with them
When one of the commanders thanked him for the call and said he had raised morale during the vacation, Trump replied, "I love it and I'm so proud of it."
He also repeatedly said the military was in better shape after serving four years in the White House, claiming that their gear was in "tippy-top" shape.
"Your equipment just keeps getting newer and better," he told Churchill crew members.
"We just made a huge purchase of equipment from the Army," he said.
And he praised a service man who said he was a golfer. "The only exercise there is," said the President, who had played a round before speaking to them.
The President spoke from the diplomatic room of the White House.
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